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Wake Boarding is very similar to most snowboarding games with the player working their way through several courses, competing for points in two main playing modes.
The style of play seems to have been based on the well-known Bust \'a\' Groove game and I have to say the idea first appears to work quite well. To pull off \'tricks\' a series of directional commands appear on screen, which the player must try to copy. If the correct combinations of buttons are pressed within the given time then the character pulls off the trick. If not, the character obviously misses out on the points. Some tricks must be carried out within a set period of time and these are scored dependant on how close to the time limit the given trick is accomplished.
The obstacle course is slightly different to play. Instead of simply performing a couple of tricks the player is required to race around several circuits, avoiding jet-skis and motorboats that insist on zigzagging across your path. This time points are scored by picking up rings and hitting various jumps along the way, while taking care to avoid rocks and other stationary hazards. This mode also has a time limit, so if too many obstacles are struck, (which obviously slow the character down) it\'s possible the target for the next round will not be reached. Sadly this method of pulling off tricks makes it very easy to get through the various stages, meaning the entire game could possibly be completed within a short amount of time.
BursTricks looks most likely to have been developed with an arcade machine in mind rather than a Playstation console. Visually it\'s difficult to take in any scenery because most of the time your eyes will be glued to the on-screen trick move bar. What I did notice was that almost everything passed by looks as if glitter has been scattered over it and some awful pop up rears its ugly head occasionally. That said the intro looks pretty good, while the camera moves swiftly over water and zooms past the landscape at a fairly impressive frame rate.
The in-game music is pumping and really makes you feel like throwing a party. The crowd can be heard roaring their approval when a high scoring move is achieved, which really makes it feel as though you\'ve done something good. All along the commentator sounds cheerful and encouraging when rating each completed trick.
· Race against the clock
· Perform aerial tricks and stunts
· Run the gauntlet past Jetskis and speed boats!
· Visit Venice or Africa, and other exotic locations
1 Block required on Memory card per save (min)
Up to 1 Players (without Multi-tap)
Uses Dual Shock Pad Buttons
Uses Dual Shock Pad Vibration facility
REVIEW SCORE GUIDE:
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SUMMARY OF FINAL RATING (%)
00 - 59 This makes your console seem like an older machine. It utilises little or none of the PSone power.
60 - 69 This game is little more than average and we advise renting or play-testing before considering a purchase.
70 - 79 This is a good solid title that should still appeal to those who like this type of game.
80 - 89 This is a fantastic game that we think you will enjoy playing for quite some time.
90 - 100 This game either pushes the boundaries of it's genre further than ever before on this system, or creates a completely new gaming experience. Either way, it should not be missed and is an essential purchase in our opinion.
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